The Bing Crosby Show

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The Bing Crosby Show
Genre Sitcom
Directed by James Sheldon
Starring Bing Crosby
Beverly Garland
Carol Faylen
Diane Sherry
Frank McHugh
Theme music composer Sammy Cahn
Jimmy Van Heusen
Opening theme "There's More To Life"
Ending theme "It All Adds Up"
Composer(s) John Scott Trotter
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 28
Production
Producer(s) Steve Gethers
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Bing Crosby Productions
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format Black and white
Audio format Mono
Original run September 14, 1964 –
April 19, 1965

The Bing Crosby Show is a 28-episode situation comedy television program starring crooner, film star, iconic phenomenon, and businessman Bing Crosby and actress Beverly Garland as a middle-aged couple, Bing and Ellie Collins, rearing two teenaged daughters during the early 1960s. In the format, Crosby portrayed a former entertainer turned architectural designer with a penchant for singing, and each episode usually contained at least one song. Produced by Crosby's own company, affiliated with Desilu Studios and subsequently CBS Paramount Television, the series aired on ABC from September 14, 1964, to April 19, 1965. Rebroadcasts continued until June 14.[1]

The roles of the daughters Janice and Joyce Collins were played by Carol Faylen and Diane Sherry, respectively. Top Warner Bros. character actor Frank McHugh appeared as Willie Walters, the Collins's live-in handyman. Christopher Riordan and Pamela Austin appeared twice on the program, Riordan as an unnamed "Neighbor" and Austin as Clarissa Roberts.[2]

Guest stars included Herbert Anderson, Frankie Avalon, Jack Benny, Jimmy Boyd, Macdonald Carey, Vikki Carr, Dennis Day, Roger Ewing, Glenda Farrell, Joan Fontaine, Kathy Garver, George Gobel, Kathryn Grant (Crosby's second wife, also known as Kathryn Crosby), Pat Harrington, Jr., Phil Harris, Charles Lane, Nobu McCarthy, Gary Morton, Ken Murray, Lloyd Nolan, Ruth Roman, and James Shigeta.[3]

The Bing Crosby Show, alternately sponsored by Ford Motor Company's Lincoln-Mercury division and Lever Brothers, aired at 9:30 p.m. Eastern on Mondays. The series faced competition on CBS from the sitcom Many Happy Returns, and on NBC, Crosby faced the second half of the popular The Andy Williams Show, which alternated with a Jonathan Winters variety show, The Jonathan Winters Show (1956 TV series).[4]

Episode list[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "A Fine Romance" (pilot) September 14, 1964
1-2 "Exactly Like Who?" September 21, 1964
1-3 "A Bit Of Fresh Danish" September 28, 1964
1-4 "The Green Couch" October 5, 1964
1-5 "Hoop Shots" October 12, 1964
1-6 "Flashback" October 19, 1964
1-7 "The Education Of Bing Collins" October 26, 1964
1-8 "The Dominant Male" November 9, 1964
1-9 "The Importance Of Bea 'n' Willie" November 16, 1964
1-10 "The Liberated Woman" November 23, 1964
1-11 "Genius At Work" November 30, 1964
1-12 "The Yadwin Report" December 7, 1964
1-13 "Janice and Me On A Saturday Spent With Random Inputs No. 1" December 14, 1964
1-14 "The Christmas Show" December 21, 1964
1-15 "The Soft Life" January 11, 1965
1-16 "Bugged By the Love Bugs" January 18, 1965
1-17 "Are Parents People?" January 25, 1965
1-18 "That's the Way the Suki Yakies" February 1, 1965
1-19 "The Gifted Child" February 8, 1965
1-20 "The Image" February 15, 1965
1-21 "The Keefers Come Calling" February 22, 1965
1-22 "Operation Man Save" March 1, 1965
1-23 "One For the Birds" March 8, 1965
1-24 "The Test" March 22, 1965
1-25 "Moonlight Becomes You" March 29, 1965
1-26 "What's A Buddy For?" April 5, 1965
1-27 "Conform, Conform, Whoever You Are" April 12, 1965
1-28 "Real Estate Venture" April 19, 1965

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 99
  2. ^ "The Bing Crosby Show (1964)". imdb.com. Retrieved January 6, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Episode List for the Bing Crosby Show, 1964". imdb.com. Retrieved January 6, 2009. 
  4. ^ 1964-1965 American network television schedule, in appendix of Total Television

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